Cancelled surgeries in Tallaght Hospital a disgrace says local councillor

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Following an RTÉ investigation earlier this month into the number of citizens waiting on surgery, Sinn Féin South Dublin County Cllr Sarah Holland has described cancelled surgeries in Tallaght Hospital as a “disgrace.”

Figures obtained by Sinn Féin Deputy Louise O’Reilly revealed there were 2307 cancelled procedures in Tallaght Hospital in 2016, and 435 cancelled childrens procedures.

Cllr Holland said

“As county councillors, we get to meet a lot of people through our community engagement.

“Something that comes up time and time again is the length of time people are waiting on surgeries and procedures.

“Life on the list is no joke, with every day spent in chronic pain for some people.

“That’s no way to live for anyone. Our health service is failing.

“Figures also show over 1700 cancelled procedures in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, which serves kids from all over the country.

“The full list of figures shows that, in January 2017, nearly 93 elective surgeries a day were cancelled across 38 hospitals nationally.

“Anecdotal evidence from those affected say that some problems arise when consultants only come to clinics one day a month; others point to the shortage of beds compared to the rising population.

“Platitudes from the Minister are useless. The health service has been failing for a number of years and patch up jobs from a hodgepodge of HSE managers are not working.

“The HSE needs root and branch reform and meaningful, sustained investment.

“Not everyone has the money to go private, and they shouldn’t have to. These figures are a scandal.”